President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have employed a kind of “forget women” electoral strategy for the 2018 midterms.
During a Monday discussion with MSNBC’s Brian Williams, Daily Beast editor Sam Stein referred back to an interview he did with former senior aide Steve Bannon.
“His point was very valid in that moment,” Stein explained. “He said, ‘If we’re going to win this election, it’s not going to be about winning over suburban women, it’s not going to be about winning over Independents, it’s going to be about bringing out the base, those who never voted before until the 2016 election. Get them out to the polls again.”
Williams noted that it’s clear Trump is going into a victim-blaming mode with a full attack on not only Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the other Brett Kavanaugh accusers, but against any woman that believed them. Women have officially become the opposition to the GOP, whether they wanted to be or not.
Stein said that some things the news is beginning to report at the Republicans’ urging are about Democrats coming after the GOP with “never-ending investigations” and demands for accountability. While polls show Americans want precisely that, the GOP perspective is almost asking if Americans truly want to go through all of that after all.
It’s unclear whether or not the GOP will begin publicly saying they shouldn’t be held accountable because it’s annoying, but more absurd things have come from the president. However, this is one of the four “ominous-looking signs” the GOP is “putting out there for voters to chew on,” according to Stein.
“But the people who are voting for Trump may have gone complacent because they’re not politically active until 2016,” he continued. “It seems like Trump is buying into that logic.”
Williams noted that the interesting numbers in the wake of the Kavanaugh confirmation are that senators that voted yes represent 143 million Americans. Senators who voted no serve 181 million Americans.
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